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DN Editorial: Dope or dopes? (Philadelphia Enquirer) ^ | 1-18-14 | Editorial

Posted on 01/18/2014 8:44:27 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans.

They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare.

First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs.

Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance. But these same invincibles are not crazy about the idea.

This week, the Obama administration released the latest monthly numbers on health-care enrollments, and the numbers - 2.2 million sign-ups as of Dec. 28, with 3.9 million more eligible for Medicaid - tell an interesting story. Which story depends on what political party you favor.


These same young people, on the other hand, are universally excited about remaining on their parents' policies for free. More than 3 million have been added to the rolls under provisions that allow parents to retain children up to age 26 on family policies.

So, the young invincibles must be persuaded to consider insurance. TV ads geared to uninsured females lure them with a cardboard cutout of Ryan Gosling. Ads geared to young males show them gathered around a keg of beer, and urge them to spend beer money on health care.

Meanwhile, right-wing groups are also running TV ads, urging young people not to buy Obamacare. One features the head of Uncle Sam rising between the legs of a young woman on a gynecologist's exam table. We can only hope that young Coloradoans are not high when they watch this.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ads; obamacare; pot
Good Grief! Is this 'editorial' satire? Or, was the author high when writing it? Read the whole thing. FR excerpt rules necessitated that I cut some of the salient points.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 8:44:27 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s such a good idea to make yourself unemployable by smoking marijuana, partcularly in a city with this recent lesson : “A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet who is accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, surrendered Saturday to face charges in the deaths said.”

2 posted on 01/18/2014 9:11:46 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

Interesting that the building collapse to which you refer was in Philly, and this editorial is from

3 posted on 01/18/2014 9:14:31 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Obamajuana - no chance this stuff would get you high but I'm pretty sure that they would give themselves and their staffs the good stuff.

If you want a buzz, you can have a buzz. Period.

4 posted on 01/18/2014 9:46:50 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Politics are just the rules - Power is the game!)
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